Being Accountable

I haven’t ever applied for a grant before. It always seemed an inefficient way to gamble. But when Arts Northern Rivers offered their fast turnaround Micro Grants – $1000 to help alleviate the direct impact of Covid – I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. 

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How to Draw

I have a challenge for you All the blogs I’ve written for you have skirted around the main thing I do each day. I paint and draw for a living. We’ve spoken about creativity in all things – from fine art all the way through to flower arranging, baking, whittling, embroidering, photography and others. You…

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In Fear of Mud

Qu: When is a watercolour not a watercolour Answer: When it’s a painting. There are many opinions about what constitutes a “watercolour”. There’s fine lines that must not be crossed about opacity or percentages of body colour. There’s even the historical situation of watercolour being once considered a sketching medium – the hierarchically inferior cousin…

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Full Moon Art

For the last few days I’ve been on a sheep station west of Tenterfield. Along with the fabulous Julia Harpham, our hostess, we’ve been conducting what we’ve called our FULL MOON ART RETREAT. It’s a residential art workshop I teach, where a group of artists stay in the shearers’ quarters, have our studio in the…

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New Zealand group Exhibition

I am thrilled to be included in this exhibition which opens at the end of this month in Wellington, New Zealand. It is curated by Rosemary Mortimer, a Wellington printmaker. I was invited because I am a satellite member of that artistic community: I’ve taught there twice, and will be presenting a printmaking master class there…

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New Zealand trip imminent

The first time I taught at the Inverlochy Art School in Wellington, New Zealand, was sometime in the nineties. I taught watercolour, and I got the job because an artist I knew from western Queensland had moved to Wellington and was interested in the Professional Development that I had just begun to teach. It seemed like a great…

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